Michigan area deals with water deaths

BY BROOKE KANSIER
Traverse City
Record-Eagle
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Marley Cummins-Roose’s bright blue eyes and good-natured grin echo her father’s.
The toddler will never see that herself — she was only six weeks old when her dad, North Cummins, drowned in West Grand Traverse Bay in June 2017.
“She has his eyes, his facial features. She’s laughing all the time,” said Marley’s mother, Autumn Roose. “North was a very happy-go-lucky guy — the life of the party. He tried to make everyone smile.
“He was a good father.”
North Cummins joins at least 30 others who’ve succumbed to local waters in the last five years, according to numbers compiled by the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
Each leaves loved ones behind.
Roose copes in her own way — by refusing to swim, even in pools — and gives her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter regular lessons in water safety.
She ponders how she’ll someday tell her sweet, blonde-headed daughter how her father died.
“Eventually I’m going to have to tell her,” Roose said, pausing. “That’s a scary thing. I’m not sure how I’m going to do it.
“I think, if he was here, she would’ve been a daddy’s girl.”
Cummins was 18 when a wave toppled him and a friend out of their canoe and into the still-frigid waters of the bay a few hundred yards off the Lake Michigan coast.
Roose could only watch from the shore.
“You never think something like this is going to happen, especially to good people,” she said. “And then it does.”
Most area victims — 26 of 30 — were male, and all but three were 18 or older.
It’s not unusual.
Men are more likely to take risks, according to Dave Benjamin, spokesman for the water safety-focused Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. A US Center for Disease Control and Prevention survey shows men rate their swimming ability more highly than most women.
“People have this false sense of security — ‘I know how to swim, I don’t have to worry about drowning,’” Benjamin said. “Your swimming ability in a pool is not the same as in open water. That’s not swimming — it’s basically bathing.”
Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich sees the most drownings between May and August, when more people are swimming, kayaking and boating. Not every victim is a vacationer, though — he said the split is near 50-50.
Record-Eagle data shows about 17 locals and 13 visitors among drowning victims in the last five years. Borkovich said the majority of his rescue calls involve distressed canoers and kayakers, either owned or rented.
The problem is the confidence that comes with the vessels, he said — and the training that doesn’t.
“It takes $300 to $500 to buy a kayak, and that’s it. There’s no safety class,” Borkovich said. “When you tip, they’re very difficult to get back into.”
The majority of kayakers don’t bring life jackets that might’ve made the difference, he added.
“It does no use if it’s strapped to the front of your paddleboard,” he said.
Officials recommend people use a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating, kayaking, canoeing or paddleboarding in water deeper than your height.
Check weather and water temperature reports before venturing out. Dress for the water temperature.
Be aware of wave size and signs of rip currents — discolored, choppy water and foam-capped waves. Swim parallel to shore to escape the current.

Newspaper: Michigan doesn’t oversee 3K civilian officers

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has 3,000 civilian officers that operate with no state oversight, and the state agency that has the authority to set requirements has no plans to do so soon, a newspaper reported.
The Detroit Free Press said the state hasn’t created training requirements for the reserve officers, has no standards for screening their qualifications and doesn’t have a process for monitoring their conduct.
The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards doesn’t have a true count of the unlicensed volunteers in Michigan. The newspaper’s estimate of 3,000 civilian officers is compiled from Freedom of Information Act requests filed with police agencies in 2017, though not all agencies provide the information.
The newspaper said civilian officers’ responsibilities range from directing traffic and working security at events to serving as the partners of licensed officers and assisting with patrols, raids, investigations and arrests.
Civilian officers are typically unpaid and can sometimes carry a firearm. Reserves don’t have law enforcement authority unless they’re with a licensed officer, officials said.
The lack of regulation comes despite numerous cases of questionable conduct by civilian officers. The newspaper found that civilian officers have included the former leader of a hate group, a convicted felon and a vigilante group that detained teens at gunpoint.
The law enforcement commission gained the authority to set training requirements about two years ago. The agency is deluged by other responsibilities and has suffered from budget cuts over the last few years, so it’s unclear when regulations will be put in place, said Commission Executive Director Tim Bourgeois.
“We just simply haven’t had time to get to it yet,” he said.
Critics say the lack of state oversight puts citizens and the reserve officers at risk.
David Harvey, the commission’s former executive director, lobbied the Legislature before his retirement for the commission to have the power to set standards.
“You have a person carrying a gun who can take someone’s life in the right circumstances, someone who has a badge and authority, who can take away their personal freedoms against the Constitution,” he said. “That’s a lot of power, just as much as a doctor has when they have a scalpel leaning over you.
“You wouldn’t have an untrained person opening up your gut.”DETROIT (AP) — Michigan has 3,000 civilian officers that operate with no state oversight, and the state agency that has the authority to set requirements has no plans to do so soon, a newspaper reported.
The Detroit Free Press said the state hasn’t created training requirements for the reserve officers, has no standards for screening their qualifications and doesn’t have a process for monitoring their conduct.
The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards doesn’t have a true count of the unlicensed volunteers in Michigan. The newspaper’s estimate of 3,000 civilian officers is compiled from Freedom of Information Act requests filed with police agencies in 2017, though not all agencies provide the information.
The newspaper said civilian officers’ responsibilities range from directing traffic and working security at events to serving as the partners of licensed officers and assisting with patrols, raids, investigations and arrests.
Civilian officers are typically unpaid and can sometimes carry a firearm. Reserves don’t have law enforcement authority unless they’re with a licensed officer, officials said.
The lack of regulation comes despite numerous cases of questionable conduct by civilian officers. The newspaper found that civilian officers have included the former leader of a hate group, a convicted felon and a vigilante group that detained teens at gunpoint.
The law enforcement commission gained the authority to set training requirements about two years ago. The agency is deluged by other responsibilities and has suffered from budget cuts over the last few years, so it’s unclear when regulations will be put in place, said Commission Executive Director Tim Bourgeois.
“We just simply haven’t had time to get to it yet,” he said.
Critics say the lack of state oversight puts citizens and the reserve officers at risk.
David Harvey, the commission’s former executive director, lobbied the Legislature before his retirement for the commission to have the power to set standards.
“You have a person carrying a gun who can take someone’s life in the right circumstances, someone who has a badge and authority, who can take away their personal freedoms against the Constitution,” he said. “That’s a lot of power, just as much as a doctor has when they have a scalpel leaning over you.
“You wouldn’t have an untrained person opening up your gut.”

AP source: DT Harrison traded to Lions for 5th-round pick

FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2018, file photo, New York Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison (98) sacks Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) during the first half of an NFL football game, in East Rutherford, N.J. A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the New York Giants are trading star defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison to the Detroit Lions. The person says the Giants will receive a fifth-round pick in 2019 for the stalwart in the middle of the defensive line. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, because the deal has not been announced. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

By TOM CANAVAN
AP Sports Writer
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants are trading star defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison to the Detroit Lions, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
The Giants will receive a fifth-round draft pick in 2019 for the stalwart in the middle of the defensive line, according to the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal has not been announced.
ESPN was the first to report the trade, which comes less than a week before the league’s trading deadline at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The trade is the second for the Giants (1-6) in less than 24 hours and indicates the organization is cleaning house after four wins in the last 23 regular-season games. New York sent cornerback Eli Apple, a 2016 first-round selection, to New Orleans for two picks on Tuesday.
Last week, it waived offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, a 2015 first-round pick.
Harrison joined the Giants as a free agent in 2016, signing a five-year, $46 million contract. He was named an AP Pro in helping them make the playoffs in 2016. The seven-year veteran never missed a game in his 2 1/2 years, starting 39 times. He had 31 tackles and a forced fumble this season.
The Lions (3-3) have one of the NFL’s worst run defenses. The line has been without end Ziggy Ansah most of the season. Former Giant Romeo Okwara has been in the rotation at end for Detroit.
Second-year pro Dalvin Tomlinson and rookie B.J. Hill will handle the Giants’ tackle spots, backed up by veterans Josh Mauro and John Jenkins. Rookie RJ McIntosh has started practicing after spending the season on the non-football injury list.

Blake Griffin scores 50 points in Detroit Pistons’ 133-132 overtime win over Philadelphia 76ers

By MATT SCHOCH
Associated Press
DETROIT — Blake Griffin has heard the critics, but the veteran forward knows it’ll take more nights like Tuesday to get where his team wants to go.
Griffin scored a career-high 50 points and had the game-winner after he was fouled on a driving layup with 1.8 seconds left as Detroit topped Philadelphia 133-132 in a wild overtime thriller.
Riddled with injuries during his last few years with the Los Angeles Clippers and then traded last season by his first pro team, Griffin has talked this offseason after proving something.
Point proven.
“The past two or three years, all I hear about is how bad I am,” Griffin said. “It’s a big win, but we’ve got to move on. This is game three and now we’ve got to move on to game four.”
The Pistons are 3-0 for the first time since 2015-16, the last time they made the playoffs, topping the 76ers, who were without Ben Simmons, nursing back tightness.
JJ Redick’s four-point play with 5.6 seconds left in overtime set up Griffin’s dramatics, while Joel Embiid, who had 33 points and 11 rebounds, missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer after working a two-man game with Redick.
“We were trying to bait the switch, you know maybe slip Joel to the rim, maybe step him out,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “Joel had an open look and just wasn’t able to knock it down.”
Griffin faked a handoff on the final play and drove the lane for the basket, getting fouled by Robert Covington. He made the ensuing free throw.
“Out of all the great players I worked with, Dirk (Nowitzki), Kyle Lowry, Kevin Garnett, Shawn Kemp, all those guys, he’s playing at that high a level right now,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “But again that is what we expect from Blake because he is that good of a player.”
Griffin was 20 of 35 from the field, going 5 for 10 on 3-pointers, scoring his most points with the Pistons.

Michigan Wolverines-Michigan State Spartans pregame football spat spills into this week

By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR — The pregame spat between Michigan and Michigan State is showing no signs of going away.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday the athletic directors for both schools should probably talk about what happened on Saturday before the game at Michigan State.
The Spartans walked from one end zone to the other with their arms locked, as they do before each game, but it happened while some of the Wolverines were stretching near the middle of the field.
Contact was made, words were exchanged and Michigan went on to beat Michigan State 21-7.
Harbaugh called it “bush league” after the game and clearly wanted to talk more about it Monday. He said the Spartans were on the field for their traditional walk later than scheduled and were led by the strength staff onto the field with coach Mark Dantonio just behind the sideline-to-sideline string of players.
“That had all the earmarkings and evidence of an orchestrated Stormtroopers march,” Harbaugh said. He later said in a text message he was referring to the “Star Wars” film series.
Dantonio called the incident “B.S.” after the game and readdressed the situation Sunday.
“The whole thing to me was sort of juvenile,” Dantonio said. “Things are going to happen in rivalry games.”
MSU said Monday the two schools were communicating about the school’s pregame ritual and said it has not been a problem in Dantonio’s 12 years.
“The team … walked the field at approximately 10:02 a.m.” Michigan State spokesman Ben Phlegar said. “As a courtesy, Michigan was granted field access before MSU’s arrival with the understanding from both sides that the U of M student-athletes would leave the field during this tradition. Michigan was on the field prior to 10 a.m. as previously agreed upon, but when multiple MSU staff members asked both U of M student-athletes and staff members to please move off the field for the pregame field walk, this did not occur.”
Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said he talked with MSU athletic director Bill Beekman after the incident.
“My preference is to keep that conversation and any further discussions between us,” Manuel said. “I will work with our staff and the conference to see how this situation can be prevented from happening in the future.”

Detroit Red Wings back to losing ways after 3-1 home setback to Carolina

By PAUL HARRIS
Associated Press
DETROIT — The Carolina Hurricanes dominated Detroit through most of the game, but needed a timely block by defenseman Justin Faulk to beat the Red Wings and snap a three-game losing streak.
Faulk, who also scored a goal, made a crucial short-handed block on a shot by Detroit’s Andreas Athanasiou with less than five minutes left and Carolina leading 2-1. Goaltender Petr Mrazek was down and out after making a big save on Frans Nielsen when Athanasiou appeared to have an empty net and a chance to tie the game.
But Faulk blocked the shot in the crease.
“We put ourselves in a tough spot. I got beat and Petr made a huge save on the back door on Nielsen,” Faulk said. “Then full scramble mode, everyone is diving around.”
Jordan Martinook added an empty-net goal in the final minute to seal Carolina’s 3-1 victory.
Michael Ferland scored in his fourth straight game and Sebastian Aho assisted on Ferland’s second-period goal.
Mrazek, who was drafted by Detroit in 2010 and played a number of seasons with the Red Wings, made 20 saves.
“It always feel great when you win,” Mrazek said. “It doesn’t matter which team or where you are, especially after the three losses we had.”
Athanasiou scored for Detroit and Jimmy Howard stopped 36 shots in the loss. The Red Wings were outshot 36-12 in the first two periods.
“That’s 100 percent inexcusable, to not be ready to work, to not be ready to compete at the start of the game through the second period,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said.
Athanasiou made it 2-1 with 7:58 left when he tapped in a pass from Thomas Vanek.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin skates against the Carolina Hurricanes in the second period Monday in Detroit. (AP photo)

Los Angeles Angels hire ex-Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus

By GREG BEACHAM
AP Sports Writer
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Brad Ausmus was named the Los Angeles Angels’ manager on Sunday, moving from the front office to the dugout to replace longtime skipper Mike Scioscia.
General manager Billy Eppler announced the hiring of Ausmus, who served as Eppler’s special assistant last season after four years as Detroit Tigers’ manager.
Ausmus got a three-year contract with L.A. and will be introduced at Angel Stadium today.
Scioscia had held the job since 2000, winning the Angels’ only World Series title and becoming the winningest manager in franchise history. He left the club earlier this month after 19 seasons and 1,650 victories.
But after finishing 80-82 for the second consecutive year, the Angels are coming off three straight losing seasons overall for the first time since 1992-94.
While both men had lengthy careers as big league catchers, the 49-year-old Ausmus likely represents a philosophical shift from Scioscia, who was widely perceived as an old-school manager despite his public embrace of new baseball mentalities.

Detroit Lions run all over Miami for 32-21 victory

By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Detroit Lions clustered on the bench under shade canopies Sunday, keeping their cool in the South Florida heat. And when they stepped onto the field and into the subtropical sunshine, they ran all over the Miami Dolphins.
Unfazed by the weather, Kerryon Johnson rushed for 158 yards and the Lions netted 248 on the ground, their highest total in 21 years, to win 32-21.
Matt Stafford was 18 for 22 for 217 yards and two touchdowns. Detroit had 457 total yards and mounted scoring drives covering 64, 85, 75, 65, 75, 63 and 44 yards.
“We’re playing a team, not the weather,” Stafford said. “Our guys up front dominated, and our backs were awesome. It was good to go out there and play at a high level against a good team.”
The Lions (3-3) punted once and had no turnovers to win on the road for the first time. They’ve climbed back to .500 after being outscored 78-44 in their first two games.
Injury-ravaged Miami (4-3) lost at home for the first time this season — and lost another key player when dynamic receiver Albert Wilson was sidelined in the first half.
Receiver Kenny Stills also limped to the locker room with a minute left.
The Lions, meanwhile, held up well in the 88-degree sunshine. That was in contrast to the Chicago Bears, who wilted at Miami in an overtime loss a week earlier.
Johnson carried 19 times and needed barely a quarter to reach 100 yards. The rookie ran for 24 on Detroit’s first play and found a gaping hole on a draw for a 71-yard gain, the Lions’ longest running play since 2011, to set up a field goal.
Detroit averaged 7.1 yards per rush.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate gestures during the second half against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP photo)

Detroit Pistons have ups and downs in opening-game victory, 103-100 over New Jersey Nets

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — It took the Detroit Pistons over three minutes to score in their first game under new coach Dwane Casey. Then at the end, they committed two straight shot-clock violations while trying to close out the victory.
After all that, the Pistons won anyway.
“We’ll take it,” Casey said. “In this league, you’ve got to celebrate the wins. I’ve said it all along. We’ve got to have fun. We can’t have the gloom-and-doom situations. There’s going to be adversity in the NBA.”
Andre Drummond had 24 points and 20 rebounds, and Detroit won 103-100 over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. Blake Griffin added 26 points for the Pistons, who were without two potential starters but still managed to hold off Brooklyn.
Caris LeVert equaled a career high with 27 points for the Nets, and he drove to the basket in the final seconds with Brooklyn down one. LeVert lost the ball, and it went out of bounds to Detroit.
Reggie Jackson made two free throws for the Pistons with 6.2 seconds remaining, and Joe Harris missed a 3-pointer from near the top of the key at the other end.
The Pistons hired Casey this offseason after moving on from Stan Van Gundy, and his debut began inauspiciously. The Nets scored the game’s first eight points, and Brooklyn’s Jarrett Allen made an impressive defensive play early when he blocked a Griffin dunk attempt.

Pistons forward Blake Griffin, right, is fouled by Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley during the second half Wednesday in Detroit. (AP photo)

Detroit Pistons look for playoffs with new coach as season starts tonight

DETROIT (AP) — Once the Detroit Pistons traded for Blake Griffin last season, their roster was largely set for the foreseeable future.
When that deal wasn’t enough to push the Pistons into the playoffs, they made the easiest changes they could in the offseason, hiring a new coach and overhauling the front office.
Stan Van Gundy is out and Dwane Casey is in on the Detroit bench, but the team Casey will coach isn’t much different than the group that went 39-43 last season.
The Pistons will hope for a nice boost from their new coach and some better health for key players. With Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, Detroit has an intriguing nucleus, but those three were rarely on the court together in 2017-18.
“Our expectations should be high,” Griffin said. “In the East, with our roster, I don’t see why getting home court in the playoffs is not a reasonable expectation.”
The Pistons appeared headed toward a season like that before Jackson went down with an ankle injury in late December. The team slipped after that, and the blockbuster deal that brought Griffin to Detroit wasn’t enough to salvage a postseason spot. Van Gundy, the coach and team president, was out after four years in charge.
The trade for Griffin and his big contract left the Pistons without much roster flexibility and it cost them their first-round draft pick this year.